Erez Morag teaching his 2016 workshop.  An attendee examines their parts for Erez Morag's 2016 workshop.

Workshops

Workshops are in-depth hands-on training on specific areas of interest to LEGO builders. There is an additional fee for each workshop that covers materials, parts, instructions, and other costs associated with the workshop. All workshops take place on the Hyatt Regency's 2nd floor, either in the Bayshore Room (Thursday) or the Camino Real Room (Thursday through Saturday).

All child attendees must be accompanied by an adult who must have their own badge, but adults who are only present to supervise their children do not need to enroll in the workshop or pay the workshop fees. However, please enroll and pay for the workshop if you are interested in learning the material or want your own kit.

Note: Each person can only be in one workshop for each session (time slot).

Workshops are for convention attendees only. To attend Bricks by the Bay, click here to register. If you are already registered click here to sign up for workshops.

 

 

Schedule

Thursday Friday Saturday
Bayshore Room Camino Real Room Camino Real Room Camino Real Room
- Lighting
9:45am-11:45am
(more information)
Roofs and Spires
10:00am - 11:00am
(presentation only)
-
Ramshackle Style
1:30pm - 2:30pm
(presentation only)
WeDo 2.0 Robotics
1:30pm - 3:30pm
(more information)
- Fonts and Lettering
1:30pm - 2:30pm
(presentation only)
Stressed Construction
4:00pm - 5:00pm
(presentation only)
Great Ball Contraptions
4:00pm - 6:00pm
(more information)
Fonts and Lettering
4:00pm - 5:00pm
(presentation only)
Wecome to the Dark Side
4:00pm - 6:00pm
(more information)

 

~ Thursday ~

Mountains and Oceans

Instructor: Li Li
Time: Workshop cancelled
Location: Bayshore Room
Cost: Workshop cancelled.

Explore a variety of techniques for constructing rocky terrain and shorelines. The first half of this workshop presents varies techniques for building mountain and sea. In the second half of the workshop, you will get to try some of these techniques yourself. You can either build from instruction or free build using pieces in the kit and take it home at the end. 

Lighting: Low Tech to High Tech

Instructor: Zonker Harris
Time: Thursday, August 3, 9:45 am - 11:45 am
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: $49

Static models can be inspiring, but when you add motion, lights, or sound your models become so much more interesting! This workshop will focus on using LED lighting to enhance your MOCs. You'll learn about a variety of lighting options and the important clues for working with a variety of LEDs, including rainbow and "candle flicker" LEDs. You will build three small models to demonstrate the techniques, and in addition to that you'll also take home a set of LEDs and a small pre-programmed Arduino with a few effects. No programming or soldering required. We will only touch on the basics of using an Arduino in this workshop. 

Building in Ramshackle Style

Instructor: Flynn De Marco
Time: Thursday, August 3, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Bayshore Room
Cost: Workshop cancelled; free presentation available to all.

LEGO® makes perfect buildings, perfect cars, perfect spaceships, and perfect everything else. But sometimes you don’t want something quite so perfect. Sometimes you want something that looks lived in or forgotten about. In this class, you will build a scene that consists of a ramshackle hut with a crumbling wall and an old well. By employing techniques that make use of small pieces in a variety of colors, you will learn how to create a scene that has a more organic and “falling down” feeling as compared to a well kept apartment building or skyscraper. Building techniques will include: round structures, color mixing, curved walls and placing your structures on an angle. Due to the size and complexity of this kit, registration is limited to builders 16+. 

LEGO® Robotics with WeDo 2.0

Instructor: Eva Carrender
Time: Thursday, August 3, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: $25

WeDo 2.0 is the newest in the line of LEGO® Education products. In this workshop you will work in pairs to build a Milo robot. You will learn how to use the simple drag and drop software that is easy enough for a novice to use. WeDo 2.0 kits and iPads will be provided for use but will not be available to take home.

You may optionally bring your own Bluetooth enabled computer or tablet to keep the files you create. If bringing your own device please download the free software from the LEGO® Education website before attending the class. System requirements here:
https://education.lego.com/en-us/support/wedo-2/system-requirements

Eva Carrender is a LEGO® Education Professional and we are excited to have her return for another year as a workshop instructor. 

Stressed Construction

Instructor: Charles Esseltine
Time: Thursday, August 3, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Bayshore Room
Cost: Workshop cancelled; free presentation available to all.

Have you ever wanted to build a round wall, or a curved one? Have you ever wanted to make a 3- or 5- (or more) sided building? In this class we will discuss various methods of using stressed building techniques in your MOCs. Stressed structures use the slight give that all LEGO® elements have to stretch the boundaries of legal assembly methods. We will explore three different builds, including a round lantern. LED candle included. Don't worry, we will work to contain the explosions... but not the fun! 

Great Ball Contraptions

Instructor: Sherry Caywood
Time: Thursday, August 3, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: $50

Ever wanted to contribute a module to a Great Ball Contraption (GBC) but weren't sure where to start? We'll cover the basic requirements of a GBC module, as well as a whole range of mechanisms that lend themselves to the endeavor. You will get to build your own hand-cranked GBC module; instructions for connecting a motor will be included. You are welcome to bring your own LEGO® Power Functions M-motor and Battery Box from home, or purchase one at cost from the instructor.

 

~ Friday ~

Roofs and Spires

Instructor: Li Li
Time: Friday, August 4, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: Workshop cancelled; free presentation available to all.

Whether it's a castle or a shed, every building needs a roof. In this workshop, you will learn how to cap your buildings with a diverse styles of roofs from European cathedrals to Asian temples. During the workshop you'll get to build several roofs of differing slopes and styles. The kit you build is yours to take home. 

Towers

Instructor: Erez Morag
Time: Workshop cancelled.
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: Workshop cancelled.

In this workshop we will explore different techniques for achieving height in a stable manner. We will cover both brick-oriented solutions and Technic-oriented solutions for building towers and for stabilizing existing models. The kit includes enough pieces for a few different modes of construction, including a truss tower designed to store or display your 32x32 baseplates.

Erez Morag is a returning workshop instructor and this year's Workshop Coordinator. He taught last year's Motorize Your MOCs workshop and is often remembered as that guy who made the water fountain and the desk fan. 

Fonts & Lettering

Instructor: Li Li
Time: Friday, August 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: Workshop cancelled; free presentation available to all.

Explore brick-built fonts designed by the instructor and his approach to designing fonts with LEGO® elements. You'll get to build three different fonts yourself, ranging from small to large. Hopefully, by the end of the workshop you'll be inspired to create your own fonts. (This workshop is repeated on Saturday.)

 

~ Saturday ~

Fonts & Lettering

Instructor: Li Li
Time: Saturday, August 5, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: Workshop cancelled; free presentation available to all.

Explore brick-built fonts designed by the instructor and his approach to designing fonts with LEGO® elements. You'll get to build three different fonts yourself, ranging from small to large. Hopefully, by the end of the workshop you'll be inspired to create your own fonts. (This workshop is a repeat of the one on Friday.) 

Welcome to the Dark Side

Instructors: Kara Campbell, Robert Campbell, and Drew Dirschell
Time: Saturday, August 5, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Camino Real Room
Cost: $51

Expand your building options with this introduction to altering standard LEGO® elements. We’ll first have a discussion with many examples to illustrate why you may want -- or need -- to alter a LEGO® element. Then, using simple hand tools, you will receive hands-on experience with cutting, sanding, and drilling as you build a small diorama. The kit will include everything you need for this workshop, including gloves, safety goggles, and tools for in-class use. We will also provide shopping recommendations so you can put together your own brick-altering toolkit once you get home.  Due to the presence of sharp tools and chemicals -- albeit of the standard household variety -- this workshop is limited to attendees who are 18 years of age and older.

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